Microsoft has released a YouTube video launching a new fashionable thermostat, uniting with Microsoft called GLAS. GLAS has presence identification potential that records indoor and outdoor air quality data and sends customers daily usage reports. It is constructed on Johnson Controls, makers of the room first electric room thermostat.
GLAS will run in Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core operating system and will have Cortana voice services constructed into the thermostat. It is one of the first thermostats to include Cortana integration after Microsoft discloses its plans to bring its digital assistant to fridges, toasters, and thermostats.
Microsoft notes that GLAS has sensors that detect when you’re in the room or not, and the thermostat will constantly monitor indoor and outdoor air quality.
Microsoft said the thermostat controls the Windows 10 IoT Core OS, Cortana voice control and Microsoft Azure.
It appears that GLAS will include a translucent touch screen display that will permit the users to alter room temperatures, check energy usage and air quality, and see calendar information.
All these sensors have been produced to save energy by changing settings on the fly, much like a Nest Thermostat or the Ecobee4. Johnson Control’s GLAS thermostat varies from the Nest by including Cortana voice controls, but competitors like theEcobee4 to include Alexa built straight in.
Microsoft’s promotional video appears to market this as a thermostat for businesses and commercial properties, thanks to the fact it is planned to be powered by the company’s Azure cloud services. It is not clear if GLAS will be available to consumers, or when the thermostat will launch. They have reached out to Microsoft for more information, and we’ll update you accordingly.